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The office of Robert and Mary High. Allison Potter

Be the Boss of Your Home Office

At-home work hit new highs in 2020 with many businesses reporting more than 50 percent of their employees telecommuting during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before that, the work-from-home movement had been slowly growing. The trend rapidly accelerated with lockdown orders in effect and nonessential workers encouraged to stay away. Now, some…

Wrightsville Beach Elementary School students returned to a newly renovated two-story building when in-person classes resumed last fall. Melva P. Calder Photography

Let the Light Shine

It’s a clear, November morning, a perfect day for admiring the view of the salt marsh from the fifth-grade classroom on Wrightsville Beach Elementary School’s new second floor. The $7 million renovation of the school’s original building and the addition of a second story, completed last summer, was the final project authorized by the 2014…

Artist Dorothy Gillespie works on a site-specific installation in the 1990s. Photo courtesy Gary Israel

Off the Wall

Standing in front of a Dorothy Gillespie piece brings to mind a wide variety of experiences, such as pulling the blade of a pair of scissors against a ribbon to create a loop, which magically seems to form the tendrils of a perfect bow. Or of rain parading down a steep brick wall, watching the…

Indian Sardee

Cold World Comfort

Let’s face it: Wrightsville Beach has it pretty easy when it comes to winter. But when a nor’easter blows in 40-degree temperatures, the salty humidity can make it feel like we are aboard a fishing boat off the coast of Alaska. For those bone-chilling days — and the one actual snow day that occurs here…

The Ashley and
Cooper rivers converge at Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Wanderlust in Charleston

The road trip is as American as apple pie, blue jeans and cheeseburgers. And with concerns about the pandemic still making air travel a risky proposition for many people, it is more important than ever. But who wants to spend all their free time in the car? Sure, some will say that it is more…

Illustration by Will Jones

Root, Root, Root for the home team — from home

When I was a young man many, many years ago, my parents gave me a button that said “Don’t bother me, I’m watching baseball, basketball, football, boxing, hockey …” It was true. Back in the day I was a huge sports fan. When I was a teenager, I could name the starting lineup for just…

Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue captain Jeremy Owens directs a team on its next task during the grueling Lifeguard Challenge in May 2012. WBM file photo.

Oh Captain. Our Captain.

In Memory: Jeremy Poston Owens. August 11, 1978 – November 16, 2020 At the stroke of midnight each New Year’s Eve, lights flash, a shiny ball drops and horns blare, signifying a change — but nothing is really different except the time. For the world to change, it takes more than turning a calendar page.…

Twenty-eight pairings of art and floral designs will fill the Blockade Runner Beach Resort ballroom during the fourth annual
Art & The Bloom exhibition Jan. 7-10. Allison Potter.

Art & The Bloom

Floral artists will be drawing inspiration from paintings and other art objects, such as a wildly decorated Mardi Gras vase, for the fourth Art & The Bloom exhibition scheduled to take place at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Jan. 7-10. The exhibition is a major fundraiser for the New Hanover Garden Club. The 30 or…

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We’re looking for beautiful homes and kitchens

If you have or know of someone who has a gorgeous, amazing home or kitchen, we’d love to consider it for our Home of Distinction or Kitchens That Cook features. Submissions for the Wrightsville Beach Magazine current editorial calendar are being accepted now. Call us for more information! 910-256-5830

Photography by Allison Potter. Styled by Dana Cook, Wendi Fayad & Judy Watford

Home is Where the Hearth Is

It has often been said and stated and even written into stone: the kitchen is the heart of the home. And yet with a sprinkle of inspiration, a pinch of imagination and a nose for nostalgia, it’s possible to take a short journey back in time and see that it is the hearth — once…